Text reading "Eating Our Way to Extinction" beside a skull with the Earth inside it The film features contributions from dozens of experts - Media Credit: Eating Our Way to Extinction

Here’s Where To Watch ‘Eating Our Way To Extinction’ For Free Online

The feature-length film, narrated by Kate Winslet, unpacks the environmental impact of our food system


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Eating Our Way to Extinction, a hard-hitting climate documentary with a very vegan message, is now available to watch on the Plant Based News YouTube channel, free of charge.

The feature film — narrated by Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet and directed by brothers Otto and Ludo Brockway — explores the environmental impact of diet.

Eating Our Way to Extinction first premiered in September 2021, and has since earned widespread approval. Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, described it as “the film future generations will be wishing everyone watched today.”

The documentary, which runs for one hour and 22 minutes, brings to light the destruction caused by animal agriculture in various corners of the world. For example, the Amazon rainforest, the Mongolian desert, the Taiwanese Mountains, and the US Dust Bowl.

It’s this negative impact that is not given enough airtime, according to Otto and the film’s producer Mark Galvin.

“Something that we found incredibly frustrating is this subject and this story is left out of the debate so many times,” the pair told Plant Based News (PBN) last year.

They added that even the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which took place shortly after the film’s launch, neglected to properly address animal farming’s impact on the planet. “It’s still kind of taking the sideline,” they said. “The sad thing and the frustrating thing is it’s not actually representing the science.”

Actor Kate Winslet
PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo Kate Winslet is the film’s narrator and an executive producer

Who is in ‘Eating Our Way to Extinction’?

Filmmakers brought together dozens of experts across a wide range of fields, including nutrition, haematology, water management, economics, agriculture, virology, and arctic ice.

Former UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter lent his voice to the film, as did scientist Joseph Poore, physician Dr Michael Greger, and Sylvia Earle, the former chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Virgin Group’s Sir Richard Branson features in the project too. Branson is also an executive producer of the film, alongside Winslet and The Game Changers producer James Wilks.

To create Eating Our Way to Extinction, filmmakers spoke with Indigenous people in South America and Brazil, who are often most affected by the climate crisis yet largely spoken over. Including these silenced voices was “really powerful,” Otto and Galvin said.

“Most of the modern world has somewhat lost that connection to nature and to the planet in some way,” they explained. “[Indigenous] people very much still live in tune with nature and they see the cycles of the Earth and the cycles around them that have been relatively stable for hundreds and maybe even thousands of years – suddenly changing.” 

“And in such a way that to them they perceive it as violent. And you can see the fear in their eyes when they talk about it,” they added.

Inspiring change

But Eating Our Way to Extinction is about more than that fear. It also comes with a message of hope, spotlighting the ways humankind can come together to preserve and restore our planet. “Documentaries are an incredibly powerful tool to create social change,” Otto and Galvin said.

“We all have the power to make an impact. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – three chances to change the world for the better,” the film’s website reads. “Are you Eating To Extinction, or Eating For Tomorrow?”

Those interested can watch Eating Our Way to Extinction on YouTube. It’s also available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and VUDU, and can be viewed in nearly 15 languages. 

This article was first published on October 1, 2021. It was updated on September 5, 2022 to reflect that the film is now available on PBN’s YouTube channel.

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Jemima Webber

Jemima is the Head of Editorial of Plant Based News. Aside from writing about climate and animal rights issues, she studies psychology in Newcastle, Australia (where she was born).

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1 year ago

I see that the film is £7.99 to buy and £4.99 to rent on Amazon Video today.

1 year ago

This looks good, but I wish they didn’t include Richard Branson- it makes it less credible when you have a billionaire who has just been to space & owns an airplane company preaching to others- his carbon footprint wont be great!

R Corbett
R Corbett
3 months ago

I have just watched this documentary “Eating our way to Extinction” Following this I have decided to go the whole way and not eat fish (I was already a vegetarian). However it does not hold well with me that you have Richard Branson in this piece. Albeit the subject matter may be different his planes still pollute the skies. Please advise?

Plant Based News Admin
Plant Based News Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  R Corbett

Well done on making those changes!

We were reporting on the launch of the film and those involved. This is not a reflection on our opinion.

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